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Tuesday the 24th of November will see Cardiff author Mark
Blayney launch his short story collection at First Space in Chapter
Arts Centre, Cardiff at 7.30pm.

Blayney, the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, will be reading from his collection in which Ghosts torment from the past; future selves write back; the lost look about, find themselves watched, are lead astray.

Come and keep company with thieves and murdering artists, with
the couple who miss the ferry for their make-or-break holiday; the
mayonnaise deliveryman who becomes a reluctant golddigger, and
the psychoanalyst and his GP wife investigating a local widow’s
naked appearances in church.

Free entry and a complimentary glass of wine. All welcome.

Mark has lived in Cardiff for ten years and regularly performs here,
he also runs Octopoet for made in Roath, and has performed at Dinefwr and the Edge Festival.
“Mark Blayney is a visionary” –Victor Pemberton

“An audacious imagination and stylistic brio…full of surprises, it is a fine collection” –D. M.

“These highly entertaining stories intrigue, amuse, surprise and unsettle all at once…with a
confidence and verve that make this collection a cracking good read” –Lindsay Clarke

Mark Blayney won the Somerset Maugham Prize for Two Kinds of
Silence. His story ‘The Murder of Dylan Thomas’ was a Seren Short
Story of the Month and he’s published poems and stories in Agenda,
Poetry Wales, The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine and the
delinquent. His second book Conversations with Magic Stones was described by John Bayley as ‘remarkable… as good as some of the best of Elizabeth Bowen’s, and praise does not go higher than that.’

Mark performs comedy as well as MCing regularly and his new one-man show Be your own life-coach… with ABBA tours this year.